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National School Lunch Program - NSLP

After School Snacks

Eligible Sites

Schools qualify for snack reimbursement based on the numbers of paid, free and reduced-price children enrolled in the school. Schools may claim reimbursement for one snack, per child, per day. Children are eligible to participate through the age of 18, and if a child's nineteenth birthday occurs during the school year, reimbursement may be claimed for that student during the remainder of the school year.

Snacks Claimed as Free based on Area Eligibility

Sites located in areas served by a school or in a RCCI, in which at least 50 percent of the enrolled children are eligible for free or reduced price meals:

  • Are eligible to receive reimbursement at the free rate for snacks served to all children eligible for snacks, regardless of each individual child's eligibility for free or reduced price lunches.

  • Must document, using the most recent September claim data, that the site is located at a school, RCCI or in the attendance area of a school where at least 50 percent of the enrolled children are eligible for free or reduced price meals.

  • Cannot charge children for snacks.  

Snacks Claimed as Free/Reduced/Paid based on Non-Area Eligibility

Sites located in areas served by a school or in a RCCI in which less than 50 percent of the enrolled children are certified eligible for free or reduced price meal benefits:

  • Must count snacks and claim reimbursement by type: free, reduced price and paid.

  • Cannot charge children for snacks claimed at the free reimbursement rate.

Non-Area Eligible Sites have the option of implementing either a Pricing Program or a Non-Pricing Program.

In a Pricing Program - students are charged a fee for the snack based on their eligibility status; free eligible students receive their snack at no charge, reduced price eligible students may be charged no more than 15 cents and paid students pay the price determined by the school/facility.    

In a Non-Pricing Program - all students receive their snacks at no separate charge and snacks are claimed in their respective categories - paid, free, and reduced.


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